Canaries fly high

Irishtown prevented Forest Stanley from taking the Circular Head Football Association premiership title for a fourth consecutive year in the 37 point victory at Smithton Recreation Ground on Saturday. Pictures: Leanne Everett.

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CHFA. Irishtown have claimed three Circular Head Football Association Grand Final victories from three contests.

The football club made an appearance in the Under 17, Reserves and Seniors clashes at Smithton Recreation Ground on Saturday.

In the Seniors, both Irishtown and Forest Stanley took to the field with determination and intensity.

The Canaries earned an early lead with a four goal margin at the first break before holding the Demons to one goal in the second quarter to stretch the lead to six majors at half time.

Irishtown’s Garry Randall led scoring with six goals throughout the contest alongside two each from Dwayne Everett, Kurt Everett and Ben Dawson. Meanwhile, Forest Stanley’s Brandon Tonks and Donovan Lockett both booted three majors with two from Lincoln Jackson.

Best on ground player Jason Gofton guided the Canaries into the second half as the side continued to pave the way toward victory, maintaining a strong margin.

At the final break, 28 points separated the sides. The Canaries soared ahead for the 14.7.91 to 8.6.54 victory, breaking the three year reign of the Demons.

In the Reserves, Irishtown featured in its 10th premiership game in as many years having been defeated only once by Forest Stanley in 2016.

The rivals met once again this year in a match where Irishtown dominated to steal the 10.10.70 to 4.2.26 win.

Best on ground player Sean Ryan booted three goals in the game and was supported by fellow Canaries Danny Swan, Wayne Dixon, Ben Allen and Michael Sullivan while Brody Heron claimed three of the four Forest Stanley goals in an attempt to save the side.

The Under 17 side notched 9.8.62 while Redpa secured 2.10.22 with Jake Russell claiming four of Irishtown’s majors and two coming from the boot of Nash Walker.

The Canaries kept the Redlegs to single scores for three quarters before Digby Marshall and Sam Spinks scored a goal each in the final term.

Irishtown’s Brody Davison was awarded the best on ground honour.

In the Under 14 Grand Final, the first in which teams set out for the title, Redpa prevented Forest Stanley from claiming more than one behind to steal a strong 12.6.78 victory.

Malachi Sheehan led Redpa in a best on ground performance alongside Eli Arnold who secured five goals in the premiership clash.

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